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UK’s Biggest Coal Station Now Runs Mainly on Biomass
Posted: 29 July 2016 | 12:38 pm

What was once Britain’s biggest coal station is now powered mainly by wood pellets and its owner, Drax Group Plc, will learn in the next few months if can complete the conversion of another unit to run on renewable fuel.

Swaziland Plans 35-MW Biomass Plant
Posted: 29 July 2016 | 11:59 am

Swaziland, a tiny landlocked monarchy, sandwiched between South Africa and Mozambique, and known for its wilderness reserves and festivals showcasing traditional Swazi culture, is planning a 35-MW biomass-powered plant to begin operations in three years.

Russia May Shift from Export to Domestic Use of Wood Pellets
Posted: 29 July 2016 | 11:24 am

In the near future, Russia may take advantage of production of renewable energy from wood pellets for the needs of remote towns and villages where such practice could cut the cost of energy nearly ten times, according to a recent study of National Research University — Higher School of Economics.

50 Hot Bio-Based Companies, 50 Quick Takes
Posted: 29 July 2016 | 10:24 am

Renewables are coming to replace petroleum, predicted by self-proclaimed tech prognosticators everywhere. On the other end — inflated and unrealistic valuations, a shaky stock market, and a weak China, and as the oil prices fluctuate, they will take many smaller and un-mythical bio-based startups down. Why? Because you cannot have a successful bio-based company without a subsidy or an incentive from the government with the era of $44 crude oil! That is the usual reply from the unfamiliar!

Innovation Clusters: Drivers of Cutting-Edge Technologies for Our Energy Future
Posted: 29 July 2016 | 9:14 am

Innovation takes teamwork. Sometimes that teamwork takes the form of companies, universities, or state and local governments collaborating together in novel ways. This can also occur through an “innovation cluster,” or a “regional center of innovation,” in which stakeholders come together to solve common problems. Recently, there has been increased focus on innovation clusters for energy projects. Substantial state and federal funds are being allocated toward developing energy innovation clusters due to their many benefits, including the creation of inventions and processes that will improve the nation’s energy efficiency.

Hydropower Vision: New Report Highlights Future Pathways for US Hydropower
Posted: 29 July 2016 | 8:08 am

Hydropower has been around for more than a century, and is currently the nation's largest source of clean, domestic, renewable electricity. What could its role look like in the year 2050?

My Turbine Lies Over The Ocean: It Takes Herculean Labor To Build America’s First Offshore Wind Farm
Posted: 28 July 2016 | 2:50 pm

Eric Crucerey and his team can move mountains. Well, maybe not mountains, but machines that dwarf the Statue of Liberty. Crucerey, who works for GE Renewable Energy, is the project director in charge of delivering GE’s Haliade wind turbines for America’s first offshore wind farm that’s being built by Deepwater Wind near Block Island, Rhode Island.

IndyCar Driver Stefan Wilson Shifts Solar into High Gear
Posted: 28 July 2016 | 1:20 pm

TerraSmart had the pleasure of meeting Indycar driver Stefan Wilson earlier this month at our Intersolar booth in San Francisco. That may be the last place one would expect to find a racecar driver, but Stefan is as passionate about clean, renewable energy as we are. Plus, he has big plans to impact the carbon footprint of the Indycar sport. We contacted him to learn more.

Figtree Stands Tall Among Nation’s Commercial PACE Providers
Posted: 28 July 2016 | 12:47 pm

State and local governments in the U.S. embrace PACE because of its ability to create jobs, promote economic development, meet sustainability standards and improve local building stock using no public monies. According to PACENation, 29 states and the District of Columbia have enabled PACE financing in their respective jurisdictions.

Blade Manufacturer TPI Composites Prices IPO for Growth
Posted: 28 July 2016 | 11:43 am

Composite wind turbine blade manufacturer TPI Composites last week priced its initial public offering of 6.25 million shares.

Scottish Offshore Wind Demonstration Project Triumphs Over Trump
Posted: 27 July 2016 | 2:33 pm

Development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) is now firmly underway after a series of announcements confirmed a final investment decision from Vattenfall and several supply contracts for the project.

UK Cautiously Optimistic New Government May Be Good for Renewables
Posted: 27 July 2016 | 2:07 pm

Amid the upheaval of Brexit lies cautious optimism that Theresa May’s new government may hold better times for the UK renewable energy industry. Gone is the hawkish chancellor George Osborne — determinedly pro nuclear and fracking — while former energy and climate change secretary Amber Rudd, whose policy lurches over subsidy levels damaged so many green businesses, is now Home Secretary.

How LIDAR is Transforming Remote Solar Sales and System Design
Posted: 27 July 2016 | 1:23 pm

What do self-driving cars, the Mars rover and remote solar site assessment have in common? All three technologies use Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR).

Let’s Flood Twitter with the #BestPowerProjects
Posted: 27 July 2016 | 11:40 am

Tell us about your power projects! On August 3, join the global power industry for a TweetUp about YOUR power projects: those that you are working on, those that are going to come online or those that you love.   We’re asking the power industry to tweet photos, articles, comments and questions about the power projects they are working on, have worked on, plan to work on or have admired from afar.   Pumped storage in Hungary? Wind power in Germany? Solar in China? Geothermal in Indonesia? Bioenergy in the UK? Hydropower in Africa? Energy Storage in the U.S.? Not to mention gas, coal, and nuclear projects in Italy, India and Russia, respectively. Tweet about them to show the world where the #BestPowerProjects are located and how they keep our lights on and our electronics running.   Start gathering photos of your projects right now so on August 3 between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM you can share them with the twittersphere.  We hope you’ll join us!

India Seeks Bids for 300 MW of Solar Projects With Storage
Posted: 27 July 2016 | 9:02 am

India has invited its first-ever bids for solar energy projects that include storage as a requirement as part of a trial program aimed at making the renewable resource a more reliable source of power.

Solid-state Batteries for Sensors, Electric Cars and the Grid
Posted: 27 July 2016 | 8:00 am

The solid-state batteries that are on the market today are thin-film batteries, which, on account of their limited capacity, can only be used for micro-storage, for example to provide power for sensors. But as a result of innovations in materials and architecture, solid-state batteries may soon be used also for large storage systems, for example for electric cars or the smart grid. The development of solid-state electrolytes with high Li-ion conductivity is an important link in achieving that aim. At imec, a nano-composite electrolyte has been developed which can bring solid-state batteries one step closer to the market.

Schneider Electric Unveils NEO Network to Help Corporates 'Get Smart' about Renewable Energy
Posted: 26 July 2016 | 2:51 pm

On Tuesday, Schneider Electric introduced its New Energy Opportunities (NEO) Network, an online platform that it hopes will help commercial and industrial companies quickly identify and vet renewable energy and cleantech prospects.

Bind It or Blend It: Accelerating the Renewable Jet Fuel Market
Posted: 26 July 2016 | 12:03 pm

We would like you to consider the proposition that alcohol-to-jet fuels, known as ATJ to the three-letter acronym enthusiasts, deserve two RINs and two credits under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard. For cellulosic jet fuels, two gallons under the cellulosic waiver credit provision and two gallons under the cellulosic production tax credits.

Sustainable Women Series: Rethinking the Global Economy with Sustainable Solutions
Posted: 26 July 2016 | 11:45 am

In 2002, sustainable business guru and Time Magazine’s “Hero of the Planet” Hunter Lovins founded Natural Capitalism Solutions, an organization that helps communities, companies, and countries implement genuine sustainability solutions to change the way business is done worldwide.

National Lab Supports Development of High-Heat Geothermal Drilling Technology
Posted: 26 July 2016 | 10:48 am

Sandia National Laboratories and Swedish firm Atlas Copco recently completed a three-year project to develop a new drilling tool that can handle the high temperatures associated with geothermal drilling.

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